BOOK REVIEW: PRIEST
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Jack Taylor is a mess. At least that's one way of regarding Ken Bruen's protagonist. I don't want to ruin the impact for anyone who hasn't read THE DRAMATIST, the preceding book in this series, so I'll try hard to avoid too much detail.
As PRIEST opens, Taylor is nearing release from a stay in a psychiatric hospital. The accumulated weight of loss and guilt has overwhelmed him and he has been unable to cope with everyday life. Unexpected tenderness and care from another patient sets Jack on the road to recovery and when he visits the hospital library, a reader who has followed this series will know that his days in the hospital will soon be ending.
While classed with suspense fiction by most catalogs, Bruen's books stand apart from the usual "who done it?" detective investigations featured in most books in the genre. The character of Jack Taylor always occupies center stage, and his sometime work as an independent investigator provides continuing insight into his ongoing struggle to maintain sobriety.
Bruen continues the pattern here. A priest who has been accused of the abuse of pedophilia has been found beheaded in the confessional stall. Another priest requests Jack's help to find the killer. In addition, a good friend is being stalked. With the eager assistance of a young man who has approached him with the idea that they work together as an investigating team, Jack begins the search for answers.
Another good one from one of today's best writers.
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